Tinubu explains why BRT can’t afford to carry only 20 passengers

Tinubu explains why BRT can’t afford to carry only 20 passengers

Primero Transport Services Limited, operators of bus rapid transit (BRT) in Lagos, says it is impossible for the company to break-even with the new tr

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Primero Transport Services Limited, operators of bus rapid transit (BRT) in Lagos, says it is impossible for the company to break-even with the new transport guidelines published by the state government to stop the spread of the coronavirus, NAN reports.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of the state, had mandated high-capacity buses to carry only 20 commuters. The new transport guidelines also directed 14-seater commercial bus operators to load only 8 passengers to ensure social distancing in public transportation to prevent the spread of the virus. All bus operators and commuters were also directed to use face masks and sanitise or wash their hands with soap and water before and after each trip.

However, Fola Tinubu the managing director of the company, said no sacrifice is too big to make in the interest of the Nigerian society.
“It is not possible for us to break-even with 20 passengers. We are just running social services; it is not possible at all. We know it will be a tough time for the firm but it’s for everybody’s safety.”

He said that each BRT bus had 70 passengers capacity comprising 42 sitting and 28 standing. But according to him, at this time, life comes first before any profit.

Tinubu had earlier said the company would not issue short-distance tickets from Monday, saying short-distance commuters that wished to use the services must be ready to pay for the longest distance tickets on their routes. The BRT boss explained that the firm had scrapped N100 and N150 tickets for short distances in the meantime, asking commuters to be ready to pay for the N200, N250 or 300 tickets, depending on their routes.

According to him, all passengers must wear masks and sanitise their hands before they will be allowed to board the buses.